THE SATISFIED HEART

December 7, 2018

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“If (since) ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above” (Col. 3:1).

  Our Father may cripple our earthly standing in order to strengthen our spiritual state, but He will never detract from our spiritual state in order to enhance our worldly standing. Never. “The world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Gal. 6:14). (Understanding Suffering by GW, 1978)

It is not only that the Lord Jesus is the object of my heart, but I find that the One I love has made me the object of His heart! A great day for the soul. People are ready to say how they love Him, but how far can they say that they are conscious of His love for them; that they so prize it, that it is the greatest secret of their heart?

When the Lord Jesus’ love is before you, you find this love is drawing you from darkness to light. He begins by showing His desire for your spiritual advancement, and not by advancing you in earthly position. It is beautiful to see that the work of true love is to set aside darkness, or whatever would interfere with our association with Him.

And now the name it and claim it group teach because we are looking for something on earth, therefore this group today tends to judge of His love by earthly gifts and favors down here. (I really shouldn’t say ‘now’ it’s really not that modern anymore, that these false prophets of richness and wealth and health still manage to blind the masses with claims that all can be theirs. (someone needs to look up Napoleon Hills’ work, to get a good idea of positive confession age, or even Norman Vincent Peale, ok, i’m showing my age).

Most growing believers rightly maintain that all must come from the Lord; but instead of taking their actual position of being dwellers in heaven, and coming from there to earth, they only look up to heaven for help as to their walk on earth; and their thoughts and labors are always influenced and dictated by the state and order of things on earth, and instead of seeking the mind of the Lord as learned in heaven, they are occupied with the blessings of man on earth.

  “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God “ (Col. 3:2, 3).

Joel Osteen and his ilk probably have cut this verse of the bible out of their version.  You may never see riches, nor have health, no fame, no adoration. But you are rich in the secret places with God. The treasure of a blessed heart, a peaceful soul, and satisfaction.

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Pray for Laurie M, next week, Monday, knee surgery

Pray for Richard Perales, SR and JR. the mom continues to be shocked (in a good way) the changes in their lives since we have been praying for these two. )

Pray for Karey P and her husband to find the real Jesus, not the JW version.

WHAT RINGS YOUR BELL?

November 28, 2018

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What rings your bell?

I used to do church growth seminars.

The one thing I tell pastors is don’t jump on the band wagon and do what mega church next door is doing.

Don’t imitate another pastor’s style, whether it be how he preaches or what he wears (really).

And just because the person in your church that gives the most money, that doesn’t give them any rights to dictate anything.

I had a pastor that came to me because the largest giver in church didn’t like the way he would preach a sermon. So he gave him tapes of his favorite preacher and told him to preach like that guy did.

I told him to either burn the tapes or ask the guy to leave. Good news the guy repented and became a follower not a bulldozer.

I’ve mentioned this before, but the most important part of church is the sermon, not the music leader, or singing off the wall. It’s the pastor’s prayer life.

If as a pastor, you are where you need to be in praying and bible study and faithful in your pastoral duties. It is God who determines what type of church you will have. Be satisfied with that.

I’ve conducted exit interviews for various churches and I will tell you one thing..

You can’t please everyone. So be yourself.

Second most important thing I can tell you as a pastor, don’t sacrifice your family for the church.

Well that’s my rant for today, been awhile so I feel entitled.

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Pray for your pastor, before you criticize.

THE PATTERN OF PRAYER

November 23, 2018

Prayer for our Lord proceeded out of a basic attitude of deep dependence that resulted in a very intimate fellowship that He always had with the Father because, from the standpoint of His humanity, He was totally convinced He could do nothing of own resources. It is this that undoubtedly brought deep conviction and longing in the lives of the disciples. They came to recognize that, while they could be believers in the Lord, they could not be true disciples who became like their teacher (Luke 6:40) unless they learned to pray to the Father like the Lord Jesus in the intimacy and dependency that He constantly demonstrated.

This incorporates one of the basic principles that governed the life of the Savior. In John 5:19 Christ said, “the Son can do nothing of Himself.” Then, in John 8:28-29 and 14:10 He repeated the principle. The principle should be obvious for us. For Jesus Christ, prayer was a way of life, an absolute necessity: it was a means of communion with the Father and the means of bringing the power of God the Father to bear on the humanity of Jesus Christ moment by moment. We see this in Matthew 12:18 and 28.

Note that for the most part, it appears the Lord performed His works and spoke His words by the power of God the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit whom the Father had given Him. Though God of very God Himself, Jesus generally did not perform His works independently of the Father nor the Spirit’s leading (Acts 2:22). It was the Father working through Jesus, the man.

As we study the life of Christ in the gospels, we note a consistent pattern:

(1) In the midst of a busy schedule, when men were clamoring in their need for His attention, Christ retired to pray and to draw upon the resources of God the Father for He knew that “the Son can do nothing of Himself” (Mark 1:32-37).

(2) When it was time to choose the disciples we don’t find Christ reviewing the qualifications of each of the disciples. Rather we find Him retiring to pray. This is clear in Mark 3:13 and Luke 6:12-13. Why? Because “the Son can do nothing of Himself.” He needed the direction and provision of the Father.

(3) When Jesus stood at the tomb of Lazarus He raised His eyes heavenward in dependence and thanksgiving for what the Father was about to do (John 11:40-42). The actual prayer of Christ is not given, only the fact of His dependence, thanksgiving, and confidence that His prayer had been heard. The words of verses 41 and 42 imply, however, that not only did He pray to the Father, but that He wanted all those standing around to know it as well that they might learn the secret of dependence. This teaches us that when performing miracles, though not always heard by men, Jesus the man was praying in dependence upon the Father from the standpoint of His humanity.

(4) When He fed the five thousand. The words “and looking up toward heaven” demonstrate the Lord’s prayerful dependence (Mark 6:41). Also, “He blessed the food” which shows He thanked God the Father for it and for what He, the Father, was about to do through Jesus, the man, a God-dependent, God-approved man.

Think of Jesus Christ. He was the Son of God, God incarnate, the perfect man and the absolute Creator God who also as the God-man adequately and continuously fulfilled every expectation of God for man. He was the constant delight and joy of the Father’s heart. He always pleased the Father. Now, thinking of Him as such, ask yourself this question. How much did He personally, as man, contribute to His mighty works, deeds, and ministry? NOTHING! Christ Himself gives us the answer, “. . . the father abiding in me does His works” (John 14:10). And how did that come about? Through prayerful dependence on the Father!

When we work, we work. When we pray, the Father works. So out of this conscious and constant sense of need, there arose a continuing attitude of prayer: a continual expectation in the Lord Jesus that if anything was to be done, the Father must do it both by way of initiative, and wisdom, and power. Now if this was true of Jesus Christ, how much more shouldn’t this also be true for us? Indeed, prayer according to the pattern of the Lord Jesus is to be a vital goal of true disciples.

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Grace, help restore to fellowship a brother or sister that has slipped or made a mistake, it’s not only God who forgives.

Confession

November 18, 2018

Ok, I’m going to perhaps stir up some controversy with this devotion. But hey that’s ok, remember the devotion about the long list and the short list. The short list is the stuff we will fight and die over, the long list is the bible stuff that a lot depends on your theology.

So, you don’t buy everything in the grocery store, just the items you need or like.

This devotion is like that.

Kingdom principles, which include that Jesus is the Lord of the earth, and the Lord’s prayer is a kingdom prayer. Versus, the theology that the Lord will not be Lord of the earth until his Millennial Reign, the Lord’s pray also fits in that scheme. But the Jews rejected their Messiah and his Kingdom and therefore contrary to a lot of the confess and claim it guys or the “aw shucks” we’ve always done it this way, or the Kingdom is now people.

I’m going against the grain.

When you became a Christian, God, through us accepting His Son, Jesus and all the redemptive work by the Cross. He (God) forgave us all our sins upon our conversion, past, present and future. Therefore, the Saved, Born Again, Evangelical, Bible Believing Christian never have to pray for forgiveness ever again.

To do so is to deny the work of Christ on the Cross, his death and resurrection and the forgiveness for ALL our sins.

So when Christians’ sin, (and we will sin) we don’t ask for forgiveness, we confess our sins and accept the forgiveness that was already given.

Sin, confession, repentance, not sin, ask for forgiveness. Because all was forgiven.

NO, this is not a free pass for the Christian to just sin and go on their merry way.

So, before you reject this traditional, habitual asking of forgiveness, think about this.

Jesus died for all your sins, you asking him to save you, covers all your sins. Asking for forgiveness means you doubt his work upon the cross and your salvation.

Confession means acceptance of forgiveness and the recognition of your Lord, and King, and all He did for you.

So yes, this is a Dispensationalist theology, some may have a problem with that theology. Although I know a great deal of Baptists out there preach the same thing.

But hey, it’s okay, short list versus long list.

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Questions, comments, prayer requests to the email address please.

 Pray for Dave H, needs employment

Pray for Dave I, prostate problems.

Remember Gwen in your prayers, financial problems.

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The deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envyings, drunkenness, carousings, and things like these.

—Galatians 5:19–21

The flesh, the rebel within, is the major and most influential enemy facing the Christian today. Sure there are things that can fuel the fire, pornography, booze, drugs, no boundaries on our life, bad relationships, the list could go on forever. But the real danger isn’t ‘stranger danger’ but the enemy within.

Sure, we have a million excuses, the Pentecostal gets resaved, the Catholic confesses, the Baptist repents, everybody else just says, ‘screw it’.

The silence of the bible in some areas speaks volumes. For example, demons (or evil spirits) are mentioned only ten times, and most of these instances simply relate to certain factual truths about demons. On the other hand, these same books of the New Testament contain more than fifty references to the flesh as the primary enemy of the Christian (and flesh is only one term used to describe this sin nature). Obviously, the New Testament perspective emphasizes that the major source of our problem stems from our own sin nature.

The question today is, “are you ready to face yourself?”

In a society where it is always someone else’s fault, as Christians we must own up to our own short comings.

The next time you let the flesh win, and you give into your personal bad habits (sin). Try praying this scripture, Psalms 51. It’s a good test to see if your heart is still tender to God.

Be gracious to me, God,
according to Your faithful love;
according to Your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion.
Wash away my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me.
Against You—You alone—I have sinned
and done this evil in Your sight.
So You are right when You pass sentence;
You are blameless when You judge.
Indeed, I was guilty when I was born;
I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

Surely You desire integrity in the inner self….

If you have any twinge of conscience, any pricking of your soul, there will be a quelling of the rebellious self. (Maybe for only a short time) but still there is dawning of hope, for a moment, an hour, a day, we see the power of the Word and a true prayer of repentance restore our hope.

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Pray for Caroline, having a real battle with depression

Pray for Kathy, Lisa, Debbie, Barbara, so many others dealing with cancer.

Pray for Sherrie, it’s the weekend, I would like one weekend when she doesn’t call saying she’s in trouble. And shows up for church not a wreck, pray for her 29 year old daughter that is following in her mother’s footsteps.

Pray for Lenny, new Christian, he has really changed, he’s going home for a week, none of his family are believers. He wants to be strong and a good witness.

AH HAH!

November 9, 2018

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“He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit (with Him)” (1 Cor. 6:17).

1 Corinthians 6:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

  We are one spirit with the Lord Jesus by the one and only Holy Spirit.

  “I can always know when the Holy Spirit is leading me, because He ever occupies me with the Lord Jesus. True, He may have to call attention to my own condition, but if He does, He turns me to the Lord Jesus, not merely to convict me, but to relieve me.

Spiritual growth is the Holy Spirit engraving the Lord Jesus on a man’s heart, putting Him into his thoughts, his words, and his ways, just as the Law was engraved upon stones. It is not that there is no failure. A man who is seeking to make money does not always succeed; but everybody knows what his object is. Just so, the Lord Jesus Christ is the object of the believer’s life.

 The believer is not to clamor for the solution of perplexities or for intellectual mastery of divine mysteries. What knowledge he has in this realm is his because the Holy Spirit has declared it to him; and for the Spirit’s declaration he must wait.

 None of us is ever beyond the work of the Spirit in us. What amazes me the most is that after 42 years of pastoring and counseling, each day I’m blessed by some new nugget, a kernel, a different facet to the Word of God. It truly is new every day.

And all those “ah hah” moments, brought to you by The Holy Spirit.

  “He (the Holy Spirit) shall glorify Me” (John 16:14).

Remember Richard Perales, that he comes to saving knowledge, hopefully before the bottom falls out.

Pray for Barbara D, for strength and encouragement during her very long battle with cancer.

Pray for Danny F, it’s time to come home.

Pray for all the prodigals’ and give hope to the parents.

GETTING SPANKED?!

November 7, 2018

GETTING SPANKED?!

I put a question mark there in case you are trying to figure out what is happening to you and an exclamation point in case you know what’s happening to you.

  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous” (Heb. 12:11a).

  Our Father chastens us “for our own profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness” (Heb. 12:10). We are not chastened because we deserve it, but because we need it. And there is no wrath in His child-training.

Many have the wrong idea of that word ‘chastening.’ We think, perhaps, that it represents God as having a big stick in His hand and knocking us about all the time. You have only to make a mistake and down comes the big stick! That, of course, is a totally wrong conception of the Father, and is not at all what the word means. The word ‘chastening’ simply means child-training, which has to do with sonship. Sonship in our Father’s mind is to have people who are reliable and responsible, who know in their own hearts what is right and what is wrong, and do not have to be constantly told and admonished.

We should always look at our difficulties in the light of this training. It often seems that the life of a Christian is more difficult than any other life, and more troubles come to us than to anyone else. Whether we recognize it or not, these difficulties and troubles which come to us are to train us for something and to develop in us the spirit of sonship; that is, to develop spiritual intelligence and spiritual ability in us.”

One of the main purposes of all the Father’s dealings with us is to bring us into a greater knowledge of His Son. We never know anything about greatness unless we have a great need to know it. Therefore we are brought into situations where we must know something much greater than we already know. This is why our Father brings His children into difficult circumstances—that they may learn how great their Lord Jesus is.

  “Nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are exercised by it” (Heb. 12:11b).

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Pray for Ronnie R, his grandson 11 has developed serious heart problems

Pray for Robbey H, 50, and having heart complications, also pray for his salvation.

Pray for Terri I, married twice, she is dipping her toe back into the dating pool

Pray for Sherri, our church bad girl, three steps forward, 5 back. Pray she stops before it’s to late.

  “Study to show thyself approved unto God” (2 Tim. 2:15a).

  There is as much error produced in failing to divide the Word at all, as there is in wrongly dividing it.

 Covenant Theology, at the utmost, is forgiveness of sins and divine favor enjoyed; and all that concerns their position in the Lord Jesus is ignored, or alas! guarded against as dangerous. Men are placed under the New Covenant which does not go beyond remission of sins and the law written in the heart. But being in Christ, and knowing it by the Holy Spirit, and what it involves now has dropped out of their creed altogether.

We are come ‘to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant’ (Heb. 12:24). We are not come to the new covenant, but to Jesus the Mediator of it. I am associated with Him who is the Mediator; that is a much higher position than if we merely come to the covenant. He will make this new covenant with Israel on the millennial earth.

  “Non-dispensational teachers have endeavored to bring over the many promises of the physical and material aspects of kingdom salvation into the present dispensation, giving hope of material prosperity and physical health, as well as political peace. Failure to realize these promised goals has caused many to lose faith and to become bitter toward God Himself. The failure, of course, is not of God, but of teachers who have refused to rightly divide the Word of Truth.”

  “Calvin attempted by discipline of Church and State to make everyone live like a Christian—as did the Puritans as a result. This effort resulted in the need to use the Old Testament rather than the New as an ethical guide.”

  “A workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15b)

Ask God for wisdom and read His word and you will work out a lot on your own. If you have questions about something being taught, ask others and study for yourself. As I have recommended before, “The Application Study Bible” is one of the best study bibles to start with.

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Questions, comments or prayer requests please feel free to use our email address.

And one common question about prayer requests; “is it ok to ask us to pray for someone and not give a name”, yes of course.

So for all those “unspoken” requests and private prayer requests, they are being prayed for but please tell us the good news when the prayers are answered.

the posture of prayer

October 23, 2018

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If our prayers are but habit, or rote, then we have failed to pray effectively. According to Puritan pastor John Preston, “God takes our prayers not by number but by weight.”

If 90% of human communication in person to person dialogue is by physical cues, then how much is the weight of our prayers measured by our physical posture; i.e. the groaning, sighing, laying prostrate upon the floor, having torn your garments, thrown ashes, if the God who lives inside our being is affected by posture, then why do we pray so casually?

Why would we read the prayers of others and think they are greater than our own. Is prayer better if done 5 times a day because of ritual?

Weight vs. number, heart vs. rote, maybe we’ve grown bored with praying and the lack of answers because it doesn’t really mean anything. If we are only praying because we are told that’s what Christian’s do.

Should prayer become a circus act, ‘prayer du Solei’ that’s not what I’m recommending, but maybe we should stop the steering wheel prayer, the now I lay me down to sleep, the quickie, whatever term you want to use and think about the physical act of prayer, literally.

God bless

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Thank you for all that pray for our list of prayer requests, it is a blessing to many, both the prayer and the prayee, (and yes I know that is a bad sentence, but it works pardon my pun so well in the physical sense.

Housekeeping, prayer requests, questions, comments, use the email address if possible.

Pray for Marlene, 66, and has started to go blind, it’s hereditary in her case. And the worry and fretting about it has more damage than the actual blindness.

Remember Gwen in your prayers, money troubles

NIV, for better or worse?

October 14, 2018

The NIV has totally omitted seventeen verses. In it, you no longer read Matthew

17:21; 18:11; 23:14; Mark 7:16; 9:44,46; 11:26; 15:28; Luke 17:36; 23:17; John

5:4; Acts 8:37; 15:34; 24:7; 28:29; Romans 16:24; or I John 5:7. These verses deal with doctrines of great importance: the doctrine of the Trinity (I John 5:7); the

doctrine of hell (Mark 9:44,46); the doctrine of salvation (Matthew 18:11; Mark

15:28; Acts 8:37); the doctrine of prayer (Matthew 17:21). Other passages remain in the NIV, but the marginal notes discredit them. These notes reveal that the NIV translators would have preferred to leave out Mark 16:9-20 and John 7:53-8:11.

That’s an additional 24 verses. Why would someone want to remove these passages? Who would want to remove Matthew 18:11 which states, “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost”? In spite of these and even more disturbing alterations, the advocates of the new versions declare that no doctrines are changed in the new bibles.

Words Omitted

Something else is disappearing from the NIV. There are many biblically significant words that are simply no longer there. By this, I mean that these words are not mentioned even one time in the NIV. Words conspicuously absent from the NIV

include all of the following words enclosed in quotation marks. There is no longer

a “Godhead.” There is no “Jehovah” or “blessed and only potentate.” There is no

“Holy Ghost” and He is not the “Comforter.” God is no longer “immutable” or

“omnipotent” – there goes Handel’s Messiah!

Christ is no longer the “only begotten” or the “first begotten.” We no longer need to worry about “devils” or “Lucifer” or “damnation” or “brimstone” or the “bottomless pit.” Hell, which is mentioned 54 times in the KJV, is mentioned only fourteen times in the NIV and is entirely removed from the Old Testament. But why worry about hell or damnation? In the NIV, there are no “trucebreakers” or “winebibbers.” No one is ever accused of being “carnal,” “slothful,” or “unthankful.” In the NIV, there is no “backbiting,” “vanity,” “lasciviousness,” “fornication,” or “whoredom.” In fact, no one is “effeminate” and there are no “sodomites.” No wonder liberals so readily accept this bible.

It is a good thing that there is not much to be saved from in the NIV, since it is harder to get saved as well. No longer is Christ crucified on “Calvary.” He is not the “testator” who brings us the New Testament or the “daysman” who stands between God and us. He has not sprinkled His blood on the “mercy seat.” He was not placed in the “sepulchre” and His resurrection is no longer established by many “infallible” proofs. It only makes sense then that we are no longer “quickened” and there is no more “propitiation” or “remission” or “regeneration” in the NIV. Did you get that? No “Calvary;” no “propitiation;” no “regeneration.”

So what are our choices, I am not a King James Version only kind of guy, the HCSB

(Holman Christian standard bible) is great, the New American Standard Bible, and the New King James Version suit me fine.

I like the ESV, The New Living Translation, the NIV, but I always check them against the kjv, or NASV. Versions like the good news, CEV, these are all good for reading but are more the ‘flesh’ than the bones of the Word of God. Like reading

‘The Message’, great for story telling but you are eating bubble gum and not meat. I’ve read the beginning of all the ‘versions’ and why we did this and I understand that as a race of humans we are getting more stupid and every thing has to be dumbed down. It has to look like a regular book in order to be easier to read, and I get it.

If you notice probably 95% all bible quotes I use are from the NIV, that’s for its readability. But I’ve said before, check the other versions to get a sense of it all.

It’s really a matter of being spoon fed or cutting your own steak. A version that is harder to read will slow you down and make you think more and it helps with bible memorization because it is quirkier than modern English. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Read whatever helps you read, just understand the difference when it comes to using the bible for theology, doctrine and defense.

There’s reading and there’s fight’n.

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Pray for Roger S, still dealing with depression, help him to remember it may be a life long battle and take his medicine

Pray for Caroline T, the same, plus she fights daily battles with thoughts of suicide.

Praise from Olivia, this is a young lady that doctors said she would never live very long, never get better, spend most of her days bedridden. Well they were wrong on everything, and they said she would never get pregnant, well they were wrong there too. This is a great young adult, pray that she proves the doctor wrong again.